February 2, 2017
They say, “Know your farmer, know your food.” But this is especially true when your farmers come to your very own neighborhood week in and week out and provide you the freshest goods. After our first full market season in 2016, we feel like we learned a thing or two about making 2017 the best year yet for the Market at Magnolia Green. Some of your most beloved vendors are making a fast return to their cozy spot on the trail or bustling, busy pavilion and are excited to see their loyal customers Spring through Fall.
We are thrilled to announce a partnership with the local Swift Creek YMCA. In order to bring healthy living a little closer to home, there will be FREE group exercise classes held once a month at the Farmer’s Market. “Second Saturdays” will kick off on May 13th so stay abreast on our Facebook page, as the time nears, for class times and schedules! Class options will include Yoga, Zumba, Body Combat, and more as the season progresses. Take a class and receive fun goodie bags with YMCA dollars and other market treats.
Keep in mind the new market hours will be 9am-1pm and mark your calendars for our grand opening on Saturday, May 6 at 9am! Your April newsletter will have specifics on entertainment and other event details. We are so thankful to have such a loyal community who supports local farmers and small family businesses. Remember, we are a producer-only market and only accept quality, hand-grown/hand-made foods and crafts. See you in May!
November 12, 2016
As this long, eventful market season has come to a close, we are already gearing up for an even bigger and better season in 2017. The official dates for the next full season will be every Saturday beginning May 6 through October 28th. PLEASE NOTE that we have changed market hours based on vendor and shopper feedback and the Market at Magnolia Green will now run from 9am-1pm.
The Market at Magnolia Green has a superb core group of vendors, but are always eager to welcome tasty or creative additions to our market family. If you know of any person or family who has a talent for producing their own fare or craft, please encourage them to inquire through the Vendor Interest tab on this website. We can’t wait to see the continued growth of this quality-focused, boutique market.
We know you love our market and the local farmers and artisans who make it awesome-now’s the time to show it! If you have not already, please like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MarketatMG) and follow us on Instagram (handle: mymagnoliagreen). Be sure to continue to check back here for vendor information and other updates during the off-season. We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and happy New Year!
August 24, 2016
You are probably unpacking your hoodies, boots, and pumpkin spice candles at this very moment. No judgment from us. With football and falling leaves comes some pretty awesome products and goods at the Market at Magnolia Green!
5 fall items to look out for after Labor Day:
1. MUMS! Hickory Knoll Nursery will have hundreds and hundreds of baskets (all different colors) priced competitively with your local box stores.
2. Apples: A few of our produce vendors will be carrying locally grown apples from Virginia soil.
3. Pumpkins: Well, of course! Otis Acre Microfarm will also be bringing bails of hay along with a tractor for hay rides for the kids as we move into fall market season.
4. Cider: A few select vendors will be selling fresh apple cider that the kids (or you!) won’t want to miss. Pass up Starbucks for once and give your local families a go!
5. Sweet potatoes: Fall is prime time for Virginia grown sweet potatoes.
We are open EVERY Saturday until October 29th. We look forward to shopping with you!
August 1, 2016
If you live in Central Virginia and aren’t drooling yet, you need to visit the Market at Magnolia Green ASAP! There are some amazing fruits and vegetables available by the month of August not limited to: apples, raspberries, blackberries, cucumbers, peppers, squash, tomatoes and that’s just to name a few. Now what in the world are you supposed to do with all of your market steals?
We have done some research on some of the best (and healthiest!) cookbooks on how to throw together the freshest and cleanest meals for you and the whole family:
1. “Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi” – this is the freshest take on cooking with (GASP) vegetables and puts a Mediterranean spin on some of our most terrifying veggie rivals! Give it a try. For real.
2. For the kiddos (of course, right?): “Cool Fruit & Veggie Food Art: Easy Recipes That Make Food Fun to Eat!” This book’s author is Nancy Tuminelli and you won’t be disappointed-and neither will your kids.
3. “In Season: Cooking with Vegetables and Fruits” is such a winner in our book because the author, Sarah Raven, is a huge part of the local foods movement. She wants everyone to use fresh, local ingredients from places like farmers markets.
4. Okay so this last one is not a book, but an app rather because that’s just the world we live in. Everyone NEEDS to download the Supercook app on their Android or iPhone! This let’s you enter all of the ingredients you currently have on hand and it will whip up any possible recipes using those particular foods. How cool, right?!
These all have one thing in common-you need ingredients to cook these tasty meals. So visit the Market at Magnolia Green for all of your freshest produce, meats, and spices!
June 22, 2016
Grillmasters, unite! With the heat of the summer fast approaching, we know your annual cookouts are around the corner and it’s time to show off your barbecue and rib game. There may or may not be an eternal discussion of sauce versus no sauce, but there are so many options when creating the perfect dressing to your prized pork (or chicken).
This link – http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/07/barbecue-sauce-recipes-regional-styles-kansas-city-memphis-carolinas.html – provides 12 different BBQ sauce recipes from your most basic to masterful !
Come visit our market to get some of the best smoked barbecue in town and even some tasty jams and jellies (yes, this is a thing) to add to your tasty cookout sandwiches.
May 24, 2016
Warm, summer days are finally lurking in the shadows of a dreary May and that means it’s time to get out of the house, shop local, and support your farmers! But what do you do with the strawberries and peaches and spinach and all of the other delectable produce when you get home? Make a smoothie! It’s the perfect, refreshing snack (or meal!) for anyone young or old. Not to mention, with the right ingredients, it is naturally healthy.
Remember this formula for the yummiest smoothie treat:
- Choose at least 2 fruits (up to as many as you would like!)
- Add a green- kale and spinach pack a real nutritional punch
- Choose a protein-peanut butter and non-fat greek yogurt are great options
- Always add a few splashes of water because we can never have enough H2o
- Optional add-ins: seeds (chia, flax to name a couple), pinch of sugar to sweeten, a few splashes of yummmy fruit juice (OJ is always tasty!)
Make it a fun activity for the kids! They can choose their own fruits and veggies at the market and then everyone can experiment making their own smoothie and naming it. To make it even more exciting, buy an inexpensive chalk board and name all of the creative smoothies similar to a cafe menu and keep for the summer. Maybe Jacob made a mouth-watering creation named “The Jake” or Olivia made a treat named “Banana Paradise.” Have fun with it and stay cool!
May 24, 2016
May 3, 2016
Since opening day, The Market at Magnolia Green has been a fabulous success. But why do societies love Farmers Markets so much? Well, it’s simple. People like to support their “neighbors!” According to Forbes, 63% of jobs created in the U.S. between 1993 and 2013 came from small businesses (less than 20 employees).
We asked some of our very own shoppers why they love farmers markets and here are just a few of the reasons:
- “I love knowing I get the freshest produce from right down the street as opposed to going to Kroger and having no idea where my veggies and fruits came from.” – Mary Ann, Midlothian, VA
- “It feels good to support someone just like you and me. Instead of paying for an executive’s 5th mansion, this helps buy a family a bike for their child or afford a vacation. It just feels better putting money into the hands of honest families just making a living.” –John, Moseley, VA
- “It is an experience. My whole family can come and walk around outside and get out of the house. We can browse with a lot more space than narrow grocery aisles and even bring our pet!” – Karen, Richmond, VA
Local businesses are much more active in their immediate community as well. It is wonderful to see partnerships on all levels. Barbara Ashmore of Mica Hill Farm, a full-time vendor at the Market at Magnolia GReen, has actually hired a Magnolia Green high school student, Hannah, to assist her throughout the market season. She will aid in the setup of Mica Hill’s booth each weekend and anything Hannah sells, she keeps directly as profit. When asked why Barbara decided to go this route, she stated, “I enjoy knowing I am teaching a promising young student the very basics of entrepreneurship. She will see first-hand that hard work pays off and that you get what you put in.”
April 1, 2016
They say, “Gardening is a process. Not a product.” But for those who are looking to start a new flower bed or vegetable garden, this process can be utterly overwhelming! Below is a list of local resources and fantastic tips utilized by a local expert (and MAMG vendor!), Amanda Montgomery, owner of Hummingbird Gardens.
- Seeds: Every beautiful landscape starts with seeds. Visit Southern Exposure in Mineral or order online from their website (http://www.southernexposure.com/). Gardening and planting, especially for newbies, can be intimidating, so be sure to download this document that provides information on growing guidelines specific to our area: http://www.southernexposure.com/catalog/plantingdates.pdf
- Plant Sales: Lewis Ginter has amazing plant sales going on right now and it is centrally located right in Richmond! http://www.lewisginter.org/event/spring-plant-sale/
- Gardening Blogs: What better resource than tips and tricks from people like you and I? See below for some of the best blog resources for novice planters:
- Gardening hacks: If you are not a member of Pinterest, you should probably join! These are some amazing links, all found on the nifty app, to help you get planting:
Be sure to join us every Saturday morning and feel free to ask Amanda some of her favorite flowers and veggies that she has mastered! Here you grow…
March 8, 2016
Aside from the inevitable sneezing and watery eyes that is certain to accompany springtime blooms, we all gain a very valuable exercise buddy: the outdoors! Walking is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to keep a healthy heart and smaller waist. Not to mention, it is something you can do with the whole family.
Did you know?
- Walking just 30 minutes per day can strengthen your heart
- Walking lowers your risk of disease (That’s right-you slash your risk of Type 2 diabetes by an upwards of 60% by briskly walking each day)
- Walking gives you ENERGY and makes you HAPPY
- Walking outdoors provides you with Vitamin D
Make a point to walk with your family a few days per week or come explore the paved walkways in Magnolia Green on your way to shop for fresh goods at the market!
February 20, 2016
It’s February, and although our favorite groundhog predicted an early Spring, winter weather still looms before daffodils and daisies arrive. There’s nothing better than making treats with your kids on frigid snow days. What better way to get them involved than to make a “snow cream” recipe right from the sky?
With 3 easy ingredients, it’s a surefire hit in any household!
1. Collect 8-12 cups of the fluffy stuff.
2. Pour in 10 ounces of condensed milk
3. 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Mix together and have fun with it! Add in food coloring, sprinkles, edible glitter and enjoy these lazy days indoors. Soon enough, Spring will make an appearance and we will be outside, on the go, and shopping at The Market at Magnolia Green!
January 18, 2016
The best kind of New Year’s resolution is one you can actually keep. And we have a good one for you—a fridge cleaning. Winter is a great time for this because you can temporarily store removed items on a patio or near an open window.
Start by unloading all the items in the freezer, ditching anything that’s expired or freezer burned. Go ahead and empty your ice cubes into the sink, too, so you can clean the ice bin.
Remove any shelves or racks and wash them in the sink. Then clean the interior with a mixture of 1 C water, 1 tsp white vinegar and 1 tsp of dish soap.
Once you wipe down the freezer, start on the fridge. Begin at the top, removing items or shelves and cleaning as you go. Don’t forget to discard or recycle anything that’s expired!
Move on to the shelf seams and rubber door seal. And finally, tackle the exterior. Use a multi-surface cleaner and paper towels for enameled steel, or a microfiber cloth with distilled white vinegar for stainless steel. When you’re finished, load it back up!
The Market at Magnolia Green will be returning this April, when you can pack your fridge full of fresh local produce. Till then, happy cleaning!
December 22, 2015
’Tis the season for sweet tooths! One of the yummiest holiday traditions is leaving cookies and milk out for Santa. Here are three tips to help make your holiday treats healthier.
1. Nothing beats whole wheat. Add extra fiber to your favorite recipe by swapping some of the all- purpose flour for whole wheat flour. For an added boost of omega-3s, try adding in ground flaxseed.
2. Spice things up while cutting down on calories. Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger can make tasty substitutes for some of sugar called for by recipes. You can also sweeten things up with agave nectar, honey or overripe bananas.
3. Add healthy ingredients. Seeds, nuts, dried fruit and unsweetened coconut all make nutritious alternatives to chocolate chips. If your recipe wouldn’t be complete without chocolate chips, consider choosing dark chocolate — at least 70 percent cacao. Dark chocolate is filled with antioxidants and usually contains fewer calories!
These are just a few of the ways you can help Santa slim down while satisfying your seasonal cravings.
December 11, 2015
What better way to beat the cold than with a bowl brimming with hot soup? Make your favorite bisque, broth or chowder tastier and, most importantly, healthier with a few easy changes.
Take advantage of colorful, in-season vegetables like sweet potatoes, kale, squash and collard greens. Throw any of these in with your broth of choice for a pop of color and a whole lot of added nutrition. The fiber-packed produce will keep you energized all day.
Make it a meal with some delicious mix-ins. For a soup with even more sustenance, serve it on a bed of whole grains. Leftover pasta and microwaveable brown rice both make quick, tasty additions to any recipe. Be sure to try black, pinto or cannellini beans, too!
Swap salt for spices! While soup can be healthy and delicious, many recipes are heavy in sodium which can lead to increased blood pressure. Next time, try a mix of herbs and spices. Oregano, sage, marjoram and thyme all make great salt substitutes. Add a final, flavorful touch with fresh herbs like basil or cilantro.
Shop fresh ingredients from local farmers at the The Market at Magnolia Green next spring. For now, cozy up with a cup of soup and follow these wholesome suggestions to stay warm, healthy and happy!
November 17, 2015
From roasted turkey and homemade gravy to fluffy stuffing and buttery mashed potatoes, Thanksgiving is full of savory flavors. And there’s always room for dessert, right? When it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth during the holidays, you don’t have to completely cut out the classic cobblers and pies. Instead, make some simple baking substitutions.
Swap it for applesauce! Unsweetened applesauce is an ideal substitute for oil and butter. For example, if your crowd-pleasing pumpkin bread is made with two sticks of butter, try baking it with just one stick of butter and a half-cup of unsweetened applesauce. No one will know the difference!
Make it with milk! If a recipe calls for heavy cream, try it with evaporated skim milk instead. Evaporated skim milk has a similar consistency, but just a fraction of the fat and calories.
Mark your calendars for the Winter Market! On Saturday, December 5th, from 9am-12pm, our farmers’ market will be back. Don’t miss out on our seasonal celebration, which will be packed with handmade goods and gifts for the holidays.
October 26, 2015
Halloween may be a holiday all about costumes and candy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fruits and vegetables in the mix while staying festive!
One of our favorites comes from Gina’s Skinny Recipes. These Frozen “Boo”-nana Pops are a cute, delicious and fresh alternative to classic Halloween treats. Make them with white chocolate or with yogurt for an even healthier twist. These pops are so simple to make, even the kids can help. Fresh fruits and veggies are always better than processed candy. Stop by The Market at Magnolia Green to pick up supplies for your next healthy, spooky treat!
September 22, 2015
With leaves changing to hues of red, orange and yellow, fall is right around the corner. Seasonal produce like pumpkins, sweet potatoes and squash are taking center stage — and good gourd are they delicious! These veggies have flavors both savory and sweet that can be incorporated into a huge variety of healthy meals.
From bright red apples to purple figs, shop the colors of the season at The Market at Magnolia Green.
September 8, 2015
It’s back-to-school time! For many parents, that means you’re back to packing a lunch that is both healthy and delicious for your kids. We’re here to help.
Keep it colorful! Ruby red tomatoes, bubbly blueberries and bright orange carrots are all part of a fresh, healthy lunch — and they’re fun to eat, too. Every Saturday at The Market at Magnolia Green, you can shop for fruits and vegetables from local farmers. Bring along the kids and let them pick out what they want, and they’ll be more likely to eat (and enjoy!) what you pack in their lunch.
In addition to fresh produce, The Market at Magnolia Green features vendors with handmade goods and sweet treats — the perfect way to reward your student after a successful first week back at school.
August 25, 2015
Imagine it’s Saturday morning. The sun is shining, a breeze is blowing, birds are chirping and dog tails are wagging. The only thing that can make your day better is a visit to The Market at Magnolia Green! Here are five fresh reasons to begin your weekend with us.
1. Enjoy Seasonal Fruits & Veggies
Whether it’s time for tomatoes or prime pickin’ for pumpkins, The Market at Magnolia Green always features freshly harvested, in-season produce from local farmers.
2. Support Local Farmers
Those green beans and berries filling your tote bag? All locally grown! By purchasing them directly from our vendors, you’re supporting area farmland and making a healthy economic impact in our region.
3. Take A Family Outing
Rhubarb and rutabaga aren’t just fun to say, they’re fun to cook with! Introduce your kids (or perhaps yourself) to diverse produce picked at the peak of freshness. Every trip to the farmers’ market can be a fun learning experience for the entire family.
4. Get A Dose of Delicious
Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients, which help keep your body healthy and strong. Check out ChooseMyPlate.gov to make sure you’re eating a good balance of the five food groups, then stock up on produce at The Market at Magnolia Green.
5. Become A Culinary Explorer
Have you been eyeing the Brussels sprouts, but aren’t sure what to do with them? Ask the farmer! They can give you tips and tricks to prepare, cook and enjoy their garden offerings. The Market at Magnolia Green gives you the opportunity to enjoy rare and common fruits and vegetables.